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A Director of Entrepreneurship & Scaling to join our Executive Team

Director of Entrepreneurship & Scaling

We are inviting applications for our next Director of Entrepreneurship & Scaling. This is a rare senior opportunity available, where you play a key leadership role within Catalyst.

As part of the executive team, working with our partners and the wider innovation community, you will play a critical role in the design and implementation of entrepreneurial and scaling activity that will create meaningful impact and change for NI. You will lead the creation of new and the development of existing programmes and initiatives helping entrepreneurs and partners gain a competitive advantage, drive innovation, and create new technology advances that could change the world.

Key Information

  • Key Information

    • Contract – full time, permanent
    • Internationally attractive salary and generous total remuneration package
    • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available)
    • Reporting to CEO

    Employee Perks

    • Competitive Benefits Package
    • Generous pension contribution
    • Generous life assurance policy
    • Enhanced parental leave packages
    • Free open access to company organised events
    • Free parking onsite

Who are we looking for?

An entrepreneur who is passionate about connecting people with a natural empathy for start-ups and scale-ups. Someone who can position our entrepreneurial programmes as a key driver of economic growth through increased innovation, increased start up activity and more high value companies realising high growth potential.


For more information about the role please contact Claire McKee at Clarendon Executive


  •  Assist in the development and implementation of Catalyst strategy.
  •  Lead the development and implementation of Catalyst’s Entrepreneurship & Scaling strategy.
  •  Lead a multi-functional team of 12 responsible for the successful delivery of high-quality entrepreneurial programmes that support new entrepreneurs and start-ups get to market and accelerate growth.
  •  Support the funding journey of high-value companies and establish a network of potential investment opportunities.
  •  Lead the design and evolution of Catalyst Inclusivity activity to address gaps in entrepreneurship in NI.
  •  Seek new avenues and secure external funding for Entrepreneurship & Scaling activities.
  •  Evolve and grow the membership model of Catalyst Partners and sponsors that delivers a compelling experience and grows commercial income.
  •  Develop trusting relationships with the entrepreneurial community to better understand their businesses to generate greater value to them through collaborations/partnerships.
  • Develop and manage critical relationships with key stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and relationships with senior NI stakeholders (HE, FE, Government bodies, Councils).
  • Assume Budget responsibility for all Entrepreneurship & Scaling activity.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of the role.

Essential Criteria

  • 10+ years post qualification experience with a proven track record in the private sector
  • Part of a founding team within an innovative high growth sector with a proven ability to empathise with entrepreneurs
  • Experience of leadership in a scaling company
  • Visible and dynamic leadership style with the ability to lead change towards a common vision or goal
  • Experience of collaboration, partnership building and relationship management at C-suite level with both private and public sectors
  • Experience with developing and executing company strategy
  • Experience of agile and collaborative working practices with a strong operational focus
  • Excellent communication skills in all forms with the ability to convey and position complex information in easy-to-understand terms
  • Experience at representing an organisation at high level events
  • Experience of budgetary responsibilities including preparing and managing budgets
  • Personal and professional commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant international experience in entrepreneurship or innovation

  • Proven ability to generate new ideas and strategies for programme evolution

  • Experience of a similar role in technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystems

  • Proven experience and participation in entrepreneurial ecosystems e.g., volunteering as a mentor or managing programmes and their co-design

Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not for profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build a connected innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland.

    ​​The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides.

    ​We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish.

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they’re part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces.

    ​We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we’re proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving Bronze status, which is the first step as we progress to Gold.

    As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community.

  • Working at Catalyst

    Catalyst is Northern Ireland’s most exciting employer. With a strong purpose of creating world class innovation communities in Northern Ireland, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage.

  • Our Values


    We approach everything with a straightforward, open and honest attitude. Every new challenge requires a brave, smart, and flexible way of thinking and we put integrity at the heart of every decision. Our strong moral code intuitively understands what doing the right thing means in every situation.


    We love what we do. We are committed to our members and partners, ready to go above and beyond for the future we are building together. This is the ‘Catalyst Way’. We sharpen our senses, take calculated risks together and work hard for a brighter future.


    Be ambitious and dare to be different. We are the catalyst that connects entrepreneurs and businesses to an eco-system and community that transforms ideas and innovation into real-world reality with global impact.

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